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External Workshops and Webinars

Elsevier Researcher Academy presents: 10 common writing mistakes made by early career researchers

One of the essential steps to making a fresh start is to look at what went wrong previously. In that spirit, we have compiled a unique list of 10 common writing mistakes to help early career researchers maximize your chances of publication success. Why is it that your submitted manuscript never made it to the peer-review process? See if you have made any of these mistakes as well as how to avoid doing so in this module.

With a self-paced learning structure, you can easily fit this module into your own schedule.


Elsevier Researcher Academy

Unlock your research potential! Navigate your research journey with Researcher Academy. Free e-learning modules developed by global experts. Career guidance and advice. Research news on our blog.

Selecting the right journal for your research paper workshop 

11 August 2022

14:00 - 15: 00 (SAST)

- Join us and hear about the various criterias and factors to consider when choosing a journal to ensure acceptance and ultimately provide visibility and impact for your research. 



How to write a review article workshop

06 October 2022

14:00 - 15: 00 (SAST)

- Learn about the difference between literature reviews, meta-analysis and systematic reviews as well as how Scopus applies. 


Altmetric explorer for institutions online workshop 

15 August 2022 

13:00 - 14:00 (SAST) 

- Join us as we unpack the benefits of using Altmetric Explorer, on how it can help you track the attention your work creates online. Altmetric Explorer for institutions is an intuitive platform that enables individual researchers, departments, and faculties to monitor the online activity surrounding academic research. 

The Explorer enables individual authors, and departments/faculties within the University to browse and use the full Altmetric database to track work from other universities, including seeing who is funding this work. 

The Altmetric Explorer for Institutions can help researchers, departments, and faculties to:

  • Track influence as it happens
  • Ensure effective reputation management
  • Support researchers - pull metrics for NRF rating application process 
  • Inform strategic decision making
  • Report on outcomes and trends
  • Improve grant application success


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Avoiding rejection : How to successfully navigate the publishing process

17 August 2022

12:00 - 13:30 (SAST)

- Join us for a webinar on avoiding rejection and how to successfully navigate the publishing process. 


Predatory journals & other menaces in publishing workshop 

08 November 2022

14:00 - 15:00 (SAST)

- Join us as we explore the nature of predatory publishing and explain how Scopus tackles them. 


Join UP Career Services for LinkedIn Learning Training 

LinkedIn Student Development:

LinkedIn Learning is an award-winning industry leader in online training, with a digital library of over 6,000 courses covering a wide range of technical, business, software and creative topics. After completing a course, you will be provided with a certificate of completion

How it works:

You will be provided with two specifically selected courses to assist you in improving your employability. Access will be provided to the first course and you will have a week to complete the course. After completion of the first course, you will be provided with access to the second course to be completed within a week.

What you need:

A computer and internet.

Registrations are open NOW:

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If you need quick answers or you are unsure of who to contact regarding your query, visit our Contact Us tab on the Research Guide.


Emotional Support/ Student Counselling

Not ready to speak to someone yet? See the Student Counselling Unit's self-help material and podcasts. 

Life can be challenging sometimes and with the added pressures of completing a Master's or PhD course can be very taxing on our emotional and physical well-being. 

It is important to remember to take care of ourselves:

  • Be kind.
  • Reward yourself.
  • Most importantly, talk. If you are experiencing strain, talk to a friend, family or community member.
  • Seek help from the Student Counselling Unit free-of-charge. Do not suffer in silence.
  • Make use of peer support groups (call 0800747 747 or send an email to to be incorporated into a support group).
  • The Postgraduate Support Hub is another avenue of assistance.